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. sam stein of "the huffington post" is here, the most vice president heather mcghee and "rolling stone" editor ehrlich bates. >> despite a proverbial flat tire following a rocky week for the governor the romney/ryan campaign launches a bus tour through ohio. last night on cbs romney insisted his campaign will be making no u-turns. >> a lot of republicans would like to know a lot of your donors would like to know, how do you turn this thing around? >> it doesn't need a turn around. we have a campaign which is tied with an incumbent president of the united states. >> romney's bus has another pot hole to navigate around this week. the campaign released his 2011 tax documents on friday afternoon, along with a 20-year summary of his returns since 1990. the 2011 returns show the governor paid 14.1% in taxes, on over $13 million of investment income. president obama's campaign is already bringing romney's taxes back to the forefront releasing this ad in ohio today. >> mitt romney attacked 47% of americans who pay no income tax including veterans, elderly, the disabled. >> my job is not to wor
americans are at this point. >> sam stein, does this kind of thing that makes republicans more nervous than the polls are making republicans about how the romney campaign is going? >> yeah. and you hit on the main point which is that they're not sure it's being run as an effective campaign. the convention clint eastwood gaffe was hugely embarrassing. people looked and said this is not a professional operation. i want to bring something there's a major endorsement out there for the taking in the form of colin powell. and his endorsement stopped the tie that the mccain campaign had. coal inpowell must be scratching his head and wondering what is the foreign policy mitt romney is trying to articulate. should i go out and endorse obama again this cycle? if he were to do that it would be a huge blow to the romney campaign. >> i don't think there's a possibility of endorsement of romney. especially since powell criticized him for saying russia was our biggest foreign policy problem. >> he said the people who are surrounding mitt romney in terms of foreign policy are far to the right. so that just
on this statement. >> sam stein, this comparing mitt romney's performance to a baseball batting average has got to get this guy williamson fired by midnight tonight, right? >> i think he'll stay on the payroll, unfortunately. it's a bad analogy. mitt romney could have waited 12 hours, woken up and seen the news and said we all mourn the loss of life here but it's time to look at the president's strategy vis-a-vis the arab spring. the problem i think that romney has is that there's about three different factions within the republican party. there are people who are unpoll jetically pro international engagement. there are people who want to do it more subtly, more realistic. and then there are the people who are the ron paul types who want to disengage from the international community. he has to contend with three separate faction within his over party and i think they look at that and say it's a lot easier for us to go after president obama on character groinds, accuse him of sympathizing with the protesters. and that's where he gets in twubl. he's not being weighty. he's actively shying away fr
for and sam stein, political rorter for "the huffington post." great to have both of you with us. keli, you first. how offensive is this? imeg reasng is it has to respond to? >> well, i'd say on a scale of 1 to 10, we're heading into, like, 20 territory, ed. i think at a certain point this stepcande ese ert any candidate do to not get support? right? like, i think at this point we have to start having a competition just to see where the lineof offensiveness, how far we can push these boundaries. apparently making rape jokes esn'do it, makg mini cments doesn't do it. maybe somebody has to drop the "n" bomb, but with rick per re and the rock thing. >> sam, how does he overcome this? >> i don't think he does. todd akin should have a rule he shouldn't speak about women or women's issues because it causes him more proems than it's worth. obviously missouri is a conservative state, or trending conservative. it's not going to vote for president obama like it did. claire mccaskill has always been in a dog fight with respect to the senate race. u know, if some respects if i were the nrsc,
. a hit-and-run critique here, a slogan of the week there. that's what we've been saying. sam stein, there is no over arching message, no reagan message, no thatcher message, no george h.w. bush message in 1988. it's small ball. you have a libyan embassy blow up. you push him out the next morning and do something that even the romney campaign now understands was an absolute disaster. the president makes a faux pa about a bump in the road which was a stupid thing to say but they obsess over that. they say this is the message. this is how we're getting people back to work and change the economy clearly they're chasing after news headlines trying to win the day. >> that is a good way to put it. they're chasing. >> but it's weird because you can argue they're racing after the wrong news headlines. for instance we spent a couple days obsessing over a 1980s or 1990s redistribution quote from obama right? that was the news of the day for the romney campaign at that time. we gave more attention to that than we did to the revifgs the gdp numbers or growth numbers that happened yesterday down
now from charlotte, north carolina, is msnbc contributor sam stein of the huffington post. sam, how is it down there and are people still talking about the empty chair? >> it's hot down here but not as hot as tampa, thank god. as for the empty chair, yes, clint eastwood was like the star of the rnc. people loved it. they're all doing their eastwooding, trying to find empty chairs to make fun of so yes, it's still resonating. >> i want to ask you, as rahm says this points to a serious problem, not just strategically in terms of the take-away from the campaign but mitt romney's ability to get a message out there and his lack of specifics as the "wall street journal" editorial board points out. i think it's very telling that this is what we walked away from -- this is what we walked away with from the rnc. >> romney has two problems right now. first, he was playing catch-up at his convention in that he had to catch people up on his biography. obama had done so much damage to his personal brand that they needed to reintroduce him as a human being and that was job one at the convention.
congressman harold ford jr. and white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein, explaining how the red sox are still going to win the world series. and anchor for bb world news america, catty kay. so great to have everybody with us. willie, i was looking at the clips of mitt romney from his political performance last night. i thought he did pretty well. you have so many people talking about how this race is over, and you hear it wherever you go. we've got a long way to go. and if romney can right his ship, anything possible. that said, a flurry of polls out this morning that are just absolutely devastating for mitt romney. if he's going to turn that corner, it looks like he's going to have to turn it pretty quickly. >> yeah, he did what a lot of people like you called for him to do which is to step into those remarks he said. a lot of conservatives said you said it, it's on tape, now embrace it. there's critical battleground states that don't look so good. joe, you want to take a look at some of these? >> first of all, willie, why don't we look at these fox news poll numbers be
york" magazine john heilman. "world news america's" patty kay. msnbc contributor, sam stein of the "huffington post" and mark leibovich making his debut from "the new york times" magazine. >> warming up. >> how do you give a 48 minute deeply wonky highly technical policy address that also happens to be must-see tv right down to the last second? the answer, america, is bill clinton. the romney campaign believes it will win if they make this campaign about the economy and the former president took that as a challenge. he made a passionate pitch for what president obama has done to save the economy. >> here it is. he inherited a deeply damaged economy. he put a floor under the crash. he began the long, hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a modern more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses and lots of new wealth for innovators. but are we better off than we were when he took office? >> the speech lasted nearly 20 minutes longer than was planned and included so much off script ad libbing that even the teleprompter
instated 64,000 as originally planned. sam stein of the "huffington post" is tweeting afl-cio staff are giving their credentials to hotel staff and drivers so that they can attend. joining me now is the president and ceo of the national urban league. let's talk about this, the change of venue. do you think that will harm the president's chances in north carolina? a state that, you know, he took north carolina four years ago. a lot of people would like to see him take it again. >> rather have a dry crowd than a wet crowd. i've been in charlotte and it's raining off and on all week. it's a right decision to move it inside and every presidential address to a convention has been held at an indoor and basketball/hockey style arena. this is more consistent than denver. doesn't rain in denver. so four years ago it was easy to do, i think they made the right decision. >> time was of the essence to make the move and switch. let's move on the economy and selection as we talk about this, this morning we received these new job numbers. let's show everybody, private-sector creating 201,000 jobs
, chairman of, and sam stein, political reporter for the "huffington post." gentleman, great to have you with us tonight. >> thanks, ed. >> john, why do you think this is worse for mitt romney than his comments about the 47%? >> well, i think the 47% is pretty bad, especially when we have a lot of national guard and reserve soldiers who are on things like food stamps. but i certainly think it's terrible in regards to a lot of the debate we had about the killing of osama bin laden. i mean, the president's talked about the hard decision he made and, you know, you and i have talked about it both on air before and on your radio show, that if the bin laden raid had gone bad, obviously, governor romney would have used it against barack obama. so he has every right to talk about it. and i also think it's terrible right now with all of our efforts in afghanistan, this type of anti-islamic rhetoric endangers the lives of our troops. we've got a lot of killings in afghanistan right now from green-on-blue attacks, afghan troops killing ours. so we don't need to incite violence against o
is jeffrey toobin, author of "the oath," and white house correspondent sam stein. jeff, thank you for joining us. i can only assume this is one of the best written books of its kind because you are one great writer. i read "the nine." i don't know how you escaped law school. you know how to put sentences together and also make it fun and easy and enjoyable to read without getting into jargon. congratulations again. >> thank you. >> i want you to be a tutor to the voter out there, not just women, gays, minorities, but everybody who cares about civil rights, cares about the kind of country we live in. what's at stake, say romney wins for two four-year terms, gets eight years, a shot at picking justices, or president obama gets four more years, what's at stake in those periods of time for the future of the country? >> does the constitution still protect a woman's right to choose abortion? may a university use race in admission? may congress regulate campaign spending at all or are we going to continue to deregulate campaigns like citizens united? will there still be a barrier between church and
was at the blackfinn. >> she could have been. >> sam stein tells me she tore the house down, lit the woods on fire. >> almost as much as obama. she had everyone going saying how many auto jobs that saved her state, the crowd was in her hand. the hand gestures were amazing in their own right. you shouldn't speak. just -- >> i love it. >> goodness gracious. with us msnbc "time" magazine's senior political analyst mark halperin. national affairs editor for "new york" magazine and local analyst john heilemann and political editor and white house correspondent for "the huffington post," sam stein. >> let's get to it, on a scale of 1 to 73, how did the president do, mark? >> i thought it was surprising. he was -- couldn't say he was the best speaker even last night, let alone during the convention. it was a fine speech. i don't think it's going to cost him anything. it was surprising to me that there was nothing new in it in terms of policy and it did very little to position himself to, if he wins, i still think he has a better than 50% chance of winning -- >> especially after this week. >> to help gove
tomorrow. get the kids back in school. >>> let's do some politics from washington. mr. sam stein, he's got a look at the top stories in today's huff post politics page. >> good morning, guys. >> let's talk top romney pollster. the campaign has struggled a bit on getting the tax plan across to voters, something they thought should have been a strength for the campaign. do they still have time now 50 days out to breakthrough on taxes? >> yeah, the romney pollster saying he doesn't think that voters actually know the distinction between the romney plan for taxes and the obama plan for taxes, which is sort of a shocking admission this far out in to the campaign. you know, they're drastically different tax plans, obviously. and i think it goes to show you when you have an empty canvas, people paint things on it for you. the romney campaign, not just taxes, but a bunch of different subjects have allowed the obama campaign to obscure his policies and apply their own caricature to it. >> and just about every policy now. who handles taxes better, who is handling the deficit better, they're losing i
correspondent for "the huffington post," sam stein. and drum roll, please, willie, in los angeles, msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst, now emmy award winner mark halperin. halperin, are you still -- are you a little sleepy this morning? are you kind of on a high? >> no, i'm all good. no, i'm all good. we've had a good evening. >> it was great. >> look at him. >> he's glowing. >> he's taking the job kind of seriously, isn't he, coming to work in a tux? >> our "game change" boys, john heilemann, mark halperin celebrating a huge win for "game change," the hbo political drama based on their book about the 2008 election. it won four awards, four awards. look what's going on here. best overall mini-series or movie, best writing and directing, lead actress julianne moore who's so awesome, also won for her outstanding performance playing sarah palin. it was a huge night. i, of course, watched none of it. willie, i'm sure you were in bed at 7:30, "way too early." >> i saw some of it. i saw some of their wins. congratulations to mark and john. we're very excited for them. we do, as
winner denzel washington and the discovery channel's micke rowe. >>> up next, sam stein. first here's nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer. >> it sure was a noisy night last night with storms moving across the east coast. it was a powerful cold front, brought some areas wind gusts up to 40 to 60 miles per hour. now, you can see the starting to cool off on the backside of that front, so it is going to feel like fall as we go through this last week of summer. can you believe it? there's that rain exiting the east coast. it will still hang on across boston and northern new england through the morning, but you will see improvements through the rest of the day. also another minor cold front moving through minnesota. that's just going to knock back temperatures a little bit. a closer look at the rain. you can see it is exiting cape cod. new york city, we're starting to dry things out. we'll see increasing sunshine here as well. temperatures around 71 and then lower 70s down in the nation's capital. and then tomorrow, temperatures taking on that full-like feel. highs across the northeast in the 60s an
, north carolina tomorrow when i'm joined by sam stein, john heilemann and christine quinn. "andrea mitchell reports" is next. good afternoon, andrea. >>> good afternoon. thanks so much, alex. coming up, we have a really great show, some guests here in charlotte. chicago mayor rahm emanuel, actor and former white house staffer kal penn. former congressman patrick kennedy and teddy kennedy, jr. former white house aide melody barnes. mark halperin, chris cillizza and eric mccormick. all that next on "andrea mitchell reports" live from the democratic national convention in charlotte. want to try to crack it? yeah, that's the way to do it! now we need a little bit more... a little bit more vanilla? this is great! [ male announcer ] at humana, we believe there's never been a better time to share your passions because the results... are you having fun doing this? yeah. that's a very nice cake! [ male announcer ] well, you can't beat them. [ giggles ] ohh! you got something huh? whoa... [ male announcer ] humana understands the value of spending time together that's a lot of wor
. >> joining me is jonathan chait and "the huffington post's" sam stein. what the differences are and the similarities in the tapes. >> what obama was trying to say was that, yes, there's a constituency that's opposed to him and he expressed it in a kind of condescending way that people don't like and understandably don't like, but it was fundamentally an express of social solidarity. he was saying my policies will benefit these people. we can explain it and we need to make the case, and if we make the case, i think we can get some of them to come our way. romney's was essentially saying my policies are not going to benefit those people, so they're never going to vote for us no matter what which is a kind of a disturbing thing to say if you want to be president. >> your thoughts on what's similar and dissimilar? >> one is trying to reap out and one is assuming they won't be for your cause. another famous comment, he started off saying, why are these people voting for you? it's easy to say they don't want to vote for the black man. they won't vote for me because i'm black. he w
%. sam stein covers politics for "the huffington post." what do you make of these numbers we're getting that show definite strength in races we were seeing neck to neck. it looks like democrats are pulling ahead. >> the trend is pretty obvious. you're starting to see a reflex of that in the polls. one thing that's clear after the convention is the country by and large is buying into the fact that the economy wasn't as bad as republicans said it was. obama is doing as good if not better than mitt romney on the she of the economy. i think the country is looking at the democrat party and saying their platform is where we want to move the economy forward. the republicans had two years control of the house. we don't like what they did. maybe we should try something new. >> i wonder whether it was bill clinton's wonderful -- it wasn't just a rousing speech with a lot of applause lines, but it was the educational factor where he talked about what the president was stuck with back in '09. what he's been trying to do, and how it's working, if slowly, how it's working. he was the first one i thou
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listening? sam stein, and jerusalem based journalist tweeted get ready for 10,000 tweets about the absurd bomb chart. few new more than ambassador dennis ross. he served as the point man in the middle east process for george h.w. bush and bill clinton. he's a political analyst for msnbc. we're glad to have you, ambassador ross. we've seen never a speech like this at the u.n. by such a key, prominent leader. here's what tom brokaw said with it on "the daily rundown." >> think what they would say if president obama did something like or george w. bush or if mitt romney had made a speech and held up that kind of bomb and drew the line across it. it kind of boggles the mind, quite frankly. >> ambassador, what if this had been an american president doing something like this? >> well, i think obviously there's a certain backdrop to what happened during the whole question of -- during the bush administration of iraq. i think this was a kind of graphic way of trying to show something. would an american president do that at the u.n.? it's an open question. is it effective? if you're trying to expl
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